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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Senta's Sextant: 1942

Senta's Sextant: 1942

September 1942. "Learning how to determine latitude by using a sextant is Senta Osoling, student at Polytechnic High School, Los Angeles. Navigation classes are part of the school's program for training its students for specific contributions to the war effort." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 

Senta ...

... is also my Oma's (grandmother's) name! I never heard of anyone else with that name. Always figured it was just a German thing.

Neat blog!

Foy likes . . .

. . . nice arms.

Senta's dress

Her dress is adorable. I doubt if any high-school girls today would be willing to wear something with an eyelet lace collar, rickrack trim and ribbons, though.

Beauty and Brains!

What a lovely woman! I do hope she aged gracefully.

Clearly she liked science

I Googled her name -- she later published a paper with the American Chemical Society:

Conductimetric and Potentiometric Studies of the Stoichiometry and Equilibria of the Boric Acid--Mannitol Complexes -- Alfred Deutsch and Senta Osoling
pp 1637 - 1640; DOI: 10.1021/ja01173a028

Young and Healthy

It's a completely irrelevant and juvenile comment, but what a babe!! She maketh glad the heart of Man.

 
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